Archive for August 7, 2018

Bears in space?!?! Sounds like a hot ticket!

Another year for Boxing Bear Brewing has arrived and to mark the occasion, Justin Hamilton and company brewed a collaborative hazy IPA with Odd13 Brewing in Colorado.

With Stoutmeister on vacation and the rest of the Crew otherwise engaged at work and such, I headed over solo on Saturday to get my paws on this year’s anniversary ale. The aroma blasts off with dank grapefruit and orange zest, culminating in lightly sweet, freshly mowed clover on the initial nose. A lovely crisp bitterness on the finish cleans the palate with each sip.

Some mellow hints of spiced orange as used in my family’s traditional Yuletide wassail (an orange is halved and then covered with whole cloves like a pincushion before adding to the cider and other spices) make a brief appearance mid-palate before fading back into soft notes of candied lemon and more dank cannabis notes.

The mouthfeel is chewy, like breakfast oatmeal, though I think this may be from the use of flaked wheat rather than oats in this particular beer (I could be wrong, but both oats and wheat are quite common in this style to lend the beer a silky body that we have come to expect). Quite enjoyable through and through, whether for breakfast or a lazy summer’s eve.

Justin and his crew have knocked it outta the park with this collaborative effort for their fourth anniversary. This Lupulin-hazed style is best consumed as quickly as possible before the delicate hop oils fade from the bouquet of the aroma, so if you are interested, grab it now before it disappears. They also made some cool shirts with the bottle label design, so grab some swag while you’re at it and go fight a Bear in Space!

Skål!

— Franz Solo

Any beer lover visiting Eugene would be remiss not to stop at ColdFire Brewing.

Welcome to the road version of Weekend Beer-cap. Yours truly is still up in Oregon for a little while longer, still bouncing around breweries.

I am currently down in Eugene, which is one of those towns that most people probably just pass through going between Portland and Bend. Yeah, it is a college town, but ignoring the ubiquitous Ducks merchandise everywhere, it also has a fair number of breweries.

Ninkasi is the big boy here, distributing its beers as far away as Arizona. Heck, Ninkasi even sponsors Sunday games for the Eugene Emeralds, the short-season Single-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs (for those that do not follow baseball, that is four levels below the Isotopes, mostly kids right out of college). Imagine Marble sponsoring Sunday games at Isotopes Park. Oh, we can only dream.

Since I had Ninkasi before, outside the ballpark I aimed to visit the smaller breweries. My favorites so far have been ColdFire, Elk Horn, and Falling Sky. They all have a nice mix of stouts, pilsners/kolsches, reds, IPAs, and the rest. Falling Sky also had a pretty solid menu, even if the chefs went way overboard on the pesto on the chicken-and-bacon sandwich. ColdFire is the only one without food, but its American Stout and Stylish Kolsch were worth two visits.

The next time you make it up to Oregon, take note that Eugene is worth a beer stop, or even an overnight beer visit. Most of the breweries are within walking distance of each other, too, since the weirdest thing about Eugene is that its government has kept Lyft and Uber out of town. (No place is perfect.)

Anyway, here is what a couple other Crew members were up to back home while I was away.

Bending towards a love of certain sours

Why yes, that is a blend of Raspberry and Tangerine Dynamite at Steel Bender.

Full disclosure, I am not typically a fan of sours. But, all summer I have been drinking Steel Bender’s Raspberry Dynamite, on purpose! This Sunday we went to Steel Bender to try the next in the Dynamite “series,” Tangerine Dynamite. While still good, to me it is a little more on the sour side than the Raspberry, or it feels that way. The beertender suggested mixing the two and she even poured a sample that way. I fell for it immediately because it looks so neat. I noticed quite a few going out to servers, so I think they struck gold with that. Next time, I will stick to straight Raspberry, but it was a lot of fun.

Cheers!

— AmyO

Dancing to a plethora of pints

A little 7K IPA goes well with salsa.

Unlike many in the DSBC, I suspect, I have a secret second life as a Latin dancer. Yes, it’s not pretty to see in my case, but at least it’s something that can be done while drinking good beer. (It’s practically a requirement, really.) Sunday evening, the New Mexico Salsa Congress held a fundraiser at B2B, the taco/beer joint near Uptown. The place has very good tacos and supposedly 60 NM beers on tap. This is a monthly event, so if this sounds interesting to you, stay tuned for future events!

(P. S. Nosotros, a popular local Latin band, will be playing at Marble downtown this Friday. Best of both worlds!)

— Reid